5k: Franco-American Motors: 1985 Renault Alliance Convertible

The Renault Alliance was the result of an alliance between Renault and AMC, which was less of an alliance and more of a case of AMC borrowing a large sum of cash from Renault.  Renault held a controlling interest in Franco-American Motors Company and introduced a rebadged version of the Renault 9 for the US market.  Find this 1985 Renault Alliance convertible for sale in Secaucus, NJ for $2,200 via craigslist.

In its day the Alliance was the French version of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla or Volkswagen Rabbit. The ragtop was ‘convertiblized’ by the American Sunroof Company, a custom builder regularly employed on oddball Detroit projects such as the ASC McLaren Grand Prix, Buick GNX, Chrysler Cordoba LS..etc. 

 This Alliance is offered with the optional 1.7 liter electronic fuel injected inline-4 cylinder engine that produced 78 horsepower when new.  This 1.7 liter was attached to a 5-speed manual transmission and powered the front wheels.  This one needs some work before you can drive it home, but the description sounds like something control related and not a hole in the block. 

 Inside this Renault has the typical funky French style steering wheel and every surface is covered with the color of a hearing aid.  This one owner Alliance actually doesn’t look like it needs much other than a good deep clean on the inside.

Owning a classic Renault isn’t for the average car collector, but for the cost of a timing belt change on your Honda, this car puts you into the coolness of a Cadillac Allante with the reliability of a Maserati Bi-Turbo and the performance of a Yugo.  Join the Rebel Alliance and take a shot at the Empire with this convertible.

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